Getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend and the weather is predicted to be stunning for the entire weekend. How great is that! I hope that you have some time planned with family and friends this weekend to celebrate the beginning of Summer.
As a military veteran, I'd like to take a moment to remind you that Memorial Day Weekend is all about remembering those that have fallen in service to this great nation. I heard on the radio this morning that the number is a little more than a million men and women who have given their lives to protect the freedoms that make our country so unique. In this time of divisiveness, I think it's important to remember all the special things that make the United States a country so attractive to people from all walks of life. We take so much for granted--let's not take those million+ lives for granted. Their lives were important: to their families and friends, to all the people whose lives they impacted, and most of all to this country.
Today's post is a gift card holder I designed for my Stamp Clubs this Spring. I purposely designed it "generically" so that it could be used for a multitude of purposes: Wedding Card, Birthday Card, Anniversary Card, Graduation Card, or just about any reason to celebrate...with cash or a gift card.
This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand cardstock. The leaf flourish image, from the So In Love stamp set (Retiring), was randomly stamped around the edges of the card front using Sahara Sand ink.
The outline image was stamped at the horizontal center of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The floral banner with solid center thinlit, from the So Detailed Thinlits (Retiring), was placed over the cardstock so that the outline image was centered inside the corresponding shape at the center of the banner thinlit and die cut with the Big Shot [Tip: Use the Precision Base Plate for best results]. The "just for you" greeting was stamped inside the outline image using Sahara Sand ink [Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure correct placement of the greeting inside the outline image].
Place a bit of Fast Fuse adhesive on the back of the banner die cut in the center solid area and position the banner across the horizontal center of a piece of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (Retired--Sold Out). Note that the solid tabs on the left and right sides of the banner will extend beyond the left and right edges of the Designer Series Paper. Place the paper face down and run the tip of the bone folder along the right and left edges of the paper where the banner extends beyond the paper. Apply adhesive to the banner ends and fold the banner ends over onto the back of the Designer Series Paper. The Designer Series Paper/banner were matted with a slightly larger piece of Blushing Bride cardstock (1/16" mat border) and matted again with a slightly larger piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (1/4" mat border). The assembled focal point was adhered at the center of the card front.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. A narrow strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. Tear & Tape adhesive was placed on the back of the Designer Series Paper along the left, right, and bottom edges. The adhesive covers were removed and the paper was adhered to the liner ensuring the left, right, and bottom edges of the paper were flush with the left, right, and bottom edges of the liner. This creates the gift card holder pocket.
The "a day to celebrate" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The "congratulations" image was stamped just above the top edge of the paper using Sahara Sand ink.
This photo shows a gift card in the gift card pocket. Of course, the pocket is large enough for a variety of sizes of gift cards, checks, and the ever popular cash.
The "congratulations" greeting was stamped at the center of the envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The leaf flourish image was randomly stamped around the greeting using Sahara Sand ink [Tip: Place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the back of the envelope while stamping to ensure that the image is stamped only on the envelope flap].
There are only a few more days before the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st at Noon Mountain Time. This means that the items on the Retiring List from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the Occasions catalog will only be available while supplies last until midnight (Mountain Time) on May 31st. The stamp set and thinlits used for this blog post are still available and at a reduced price! Be sure to take a final look at your Wish List and make sure that you have all the items you have identified before they are gone.
You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store. Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.
Have a great weekend!
Card Measurements --
Sahara Sand: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Sweet Sugarplum: 3-5/8" x 4-5/8"; Blushing Bride: 3-1/8" x 4-1/8", 1/2" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla: 2" x 5-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper: 3" x 4", 1-1/2" x 5-1/4"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: So In Love; Inks: Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Falling In Love; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform & Precision Base Plate, So Detailed Thinlits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope